A vicious alpaca named Harry has gone on a 90-minute, blood-spitting rampage – forcing his owner to put him down after he trampled her to the ground.
Karen Stroebel thought she had found the perfect pet when she bought Harry for her hobby farm at Mount Barker in Western Australia – but it didn’t take long for him to show his true personality.
Harry attacked Ms Stroebel as soon as he arrived at the farm.
‘Because he looked so beautiful, we thought that spitting at us was part of his love for us,’ Ms Stroebel told the ABC.
A vicious alpaca named Harry has gone on a 90-minute, blood-spitting rampage – forcing his owner to put him down after he trampled her to the ground
Harry bit Ms Stroebel on the back and on the arm, causing her to fall to the ground.
‘At that time my partner had a beer in his hand and was beating him over the head with the beer bottle and I was able to get up,’ she said.
Just 10 days later on October 22, Ms Stroebel was working in the garden with her 78-year-old mother Pat when Harry jumped over a fence and ran towards the women.
Ms Stroebel tried to take him back towards the gate when Harry reared up and smashed her to the ground, biting her on her arms and back of her neck.
Her mother Pat tried to keep the alpaca away by beating him with a broom.
The women were trapped in a corner against the house with Harry bleeding from his nose, spitting at the pair and advancing on them.
‘I said to mum ”oh no, poor Harry” and I was really concerned that Harry was bleeding out of his nose. Mum was sort of looking at me like ”stuff poor Harry, we’re just about to get killed here”,’ Ms Stroebel said.
Ms Stroebel’s mother Pat has a heart condition, and the stress of the attack caused her to collapse and fall to the ground.
Ms Stroebel feared her mother was going to die, and screamed so loudly that a neighbour on the other side of a nearby highway heard and called the police.
Sergeant Laurie Seaton arrived at the scene with a colleague.
Karen Stroebel thought she had found the perfect pet when she bought Harry for their hobby farm at Mount Barker in Western Australia – but it didn’t take long for him to show his true personality
‘As we drove past the house I looked out and could see this large alpaca and two ladies holding shovels above their heads. I thought ”you don’t see that every day”,’ he said.
The officers managed to get Harry away from the women, but Karen Stroebel suffered damage to nerves in her spine and bulged discs from being thrown to the ground.
Her mother Pat received a gash to her head during the ordeal but has since recovered.
Harry was taken back to the farm where he was bought from but continued to be aggressive, often attacking other aplacas.
The decision was eventually made to euthanise Harry.
Alpaca expert Mahlon Hotker said males that aren’t castrated – such as Harry – can become aggressive, and animals such as him are not suitable to be pets.